Can you Name at Least Five Prague Locations Featured on this Classic 1980’s Video from Australian Band Inxs?
Prague has Beauty in Excess By Max Milano (Travel Writer) *
In 1987 (when this classic Inxs video was shot) Prague was still behind the Iron contain, but Glasnost’s thaw was being felt across Eastern Europe. Western bands had just started to play gigs in the east and were just re-discovering the beauty of the place and its people. I was only a teenager when MTV put INXS’s video for their hit song “Never Tear us Apart’ into heavy rotation (yes, MTV used to play music videos back then) and I can still remember the excitement of the new when the images of this unnamed European city floated by in all its brooding wintry old word glory. Where was this gorgeous city of medieval streets, grand castles and a swan filled river?
Prague is It
Flash forward to a couple of years after the wall came down. Prague had become the new “Paris in the 1920’s”. The hip European city where every young American writer had to go to drink absinthe and grow a goatee. I was among that grungy New World contingent of ex pats hell bent on pounding the cobblestones of Wenceslas Square during the day and hitting Bohemian absinthe bars at night. Sure, we weren’t Hemingway or Fitzgerald, but we were happy to be there and to write our ‘kitchen prose and gutter rhymes’ while burning the candle at both ends at The Roxi or The Bunker. Some of us taught English to eager young Czechs just to make a few bucks and ever so often we heard about a (possibly mythical) young American living in Prague that got to write for a the likes of The Economist or Lonely Planet.
Prague today is words away from the heady days right after the wall came down. The young Americans have moved on, perhaps had kids and corporations moved in. But every so often You Tube serves up this beautiful video of Prague filmed right before the city became a magnet for dreamers and tourists. Fortunately all the beautiful locations shown on the video are still there, still beautiful, just waiting to be re-discovered by the next generation of ‘know it all’ kids. Have you booked your flight to Prague yet?
Prague Locations on the Inxs Video for “Never Tear us Apart”
Here is a list of the main Prague locations shown on the Inxs video. Lets see how many you can visit when you’re in Prague.
1-Prague’s Astronomical Clock
The centerpiece of Prague’s Old Town Square was originally built in 1401 and it’s the oldest still functioning astronomical clock in the word. Be there on the hour, every hour, to see the clock’s figurines do their dance, just like they’ve been doing for 600 years.
2-Old Town Square ( Staromestka Namesti)
Prague’s Old Town Square is the tourist epicenter of the city. Located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge, it’s a great place to start your Prague explorations. This wide open space gives a respite from Prague’s narrow cobblestoned streets. Tourists come every hour for the astronomical clock show. Come nighttime, you will find some of the best nightlife in Prague at the venerable Roxi, a word famous nightclub inside a dilapidated theatre, located in one corner of the square.
The Vltava River bends through Prague, dividing it and beautifying it with its swans and ducks and its 18 bridges, including the iconic Charles Bridge.
The most famous bridge in Prague and perhaps its most beautiful. It connects the old town with Prague Castle and was the only bridge in the city for hundreds of years. It’s decorated with baroque statues and protected by large bridge towers. Artists and musicians sell their wares along the bridge. The perfect place for an early evening stroll.
5-Old Jewish Cemetery
This has to be the most iconic cemetery in the world (sorry Pere La Chaise fans). The way the ancient tombstones stand crooked this way and that, gives the place an eerie sense of eternal peace. The little rocks with messages attached on them left by visitors atop the tombstones elevate the place with a powerful sense of community. Frank Kafka used to meditate here.
Looming above Prague , in all its medieval glory, is Prague Castle (the largest castle in the world). It has been home to the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and Czech presidents. It also houses the Crown Jewels and its patio offers the best views of Prague and its multiple spires.
7- Golden Lane
This steep medieval street steps down from Prague castle into the city. The quaint homes built against the castle walls now house tourist trinkets, but number 22 was once home to Frank Kafka and served as inspiration for his book “The Castle”.
* Max Milano is the Author of “The Mechanicals of Recoleta”. Available at Amazon.